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“Entrepreneur Works helped us get our business off the ground. We are so grateful for their help and support throughout this process.”

Edward Morgan, EK Morgan By Design

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Apr
18th

Entrepreneur Works Receives A Grant From Citizens Bank

By team_eworks

These 11 area nonprofits received $225K from Citizens Bank for their financial literacy programs Source: Generosity April 2017 Managing money is difficult when you don’t have a lot of money to manage. Financial literacy programs play a crucial role in the fight against poverty, and last week, eleven of those programs across the Greater Philadelphia region received

Apr
18th

10 Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Get Motivated

By team_eworks

Source: Entrepreneur Magazine May 2016 Here are 10 ways get yourself motivated and working toward your business and personal goals. 1. Set a personal mission statement. Every business has or should have a mission or vision statement, something that describes the organization’s broader goals, culture and underlying core values. It is primarily used to set the direction

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been in business for a while, our Loan Department will be happy to speak with you about your financing needs. Our loan products are designed to help entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level. Clients typically use loan funds for machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures, inventory, business acquisition, working capital and startup costs.

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Women Entrepreneurs Loan up to $50,000

•Special interest rate discount for majority women-owned businesses that have been in operation for two or more years.

•Terms of repayment: up to 6 years (Fact Sheet)

•Typically used for business expansion, construction/renovation, inventory, working capital, or machinery/equipment.


Small Business Loans up to $50,000

•Terms of repayment: up to 6 years (Fact Sheet)

•Typically used for business expansion, construction/renovation, inventory, working capital, or machinery/equipment.


Machinery and Equipment Loans up to $50,000

•Terms of repayment: up to 6 years

•Typically used for business expansion through the purchase of new equipment (production machinery, computers, vehicles, etc.)


Startup Loans up to $15,000

•Terms of repayment: up to 4 years

•Designed for businesses that have operated for less than one year. Typically used for inventory, construction/renovation, working capital, or machinery/equipment.


Benefits of all Entrepreneur Works Loans

•Flexible application criteria and affordable rates designed to address the needs of low- to moderate-income business borrowers.

•Build/strengthen borrower’s credit score (if repayment criteria are met).

•Small business consulting offered to clients upon request.

•No early repayment penalties.


For more information about our loans, please contact Katya Noreika, Loan Officer at (215) 545-3100, Ext. 226 or knoreika@entre-works.org. 

Training

Our instructors are experienced business owners and have plenty of experience with training entrepreneurs. Our classes and workshops will help you take your business to the next level.

Classes

We offer multi-week business skills courses several times each year at our Philadelphia and Chester office locations. The Start It. Grow It. course aims to improve business performance by teaching practical considerations for starting a new business including defining a target market, pricing and business legal structures. The course has a flexible learning model and an emphasis on “learning by doing."

For more information about our Start It. Grow It. multi-week course, please click here.

Workshops

We also offer a range of one-time workshops. Past topics have included “Getting my Idea to Fly,” credit building, digital marketing, social media, alternate sources of financing, patents, and copywriting. For more information about our upcoming workshops, please click here.

Events

Entrepreneur Works posts our own events and those of our partners. Please click on an event below for more information and registration details.

Apr
26th

Shirt Tales – The Stories Behind a Successful Start-up

Partner Event 11:30-1pm

In business since 1978 and CCPA President from 1982 to 1999, Nancy Gold continues as a Small Business Coach with a working understanding of the breakdowns and breakthroughs that often create entrepreneurial challenges.

Shirt Tales offers a Road Map for a Start-up that highlights Gold’s path as the first woman in the country to break into the male-dominated custom shirt industry. With lessons learned over a fifty-year business journey, the book contains real action steps for ANY business and is peppered with stories about those who helped pave the way.

Shirt Tales includes a SPECIAL chapter showcasing CCPA’s growth and the remarkable people who took a stand for Center City that prompted Philadelphia’s emergence as a World Class City.

Gold states the book “honors the entrepreneurial spirit and the start-ups that bring new energy to the workforce. We are the gladiators; our drive, passion and talents make a difference in our communities and our efforts are notable. We matter.”

Join CCPA for an interactive presentation and discussion of what it takes to start and drive your own business and the action steps needed that keep it viable. Whether you run an existing company or you’re still experiencing the growing pains of a Start-up, you’ll find real answers to the issues you may be facing.

$20 for CCPA and Partner members, $30 for non-members.
Includes light lunch and free copy of Shirt Tales (a $20.00 value).
Space is limited. Reservations and pre-payment are required.
Get additional copies of SHIRT TALES on Amazon.

May
1st

15th Annual Taste of Success

Entrepreneur Works Event featured 6-8pm

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Taste of Success is Entrepreneur Works' annual cook-off/bake-off contest, networking event, cocktail party, and prime opportunity to connect with our clients over tasty treats. We invite 12 early-stage food entrepreneurs to compete for cash prizes, and we invite you to help us celebrate their achievements!

In business, entrepreneurs are forced to think outside of the box to find creative solutions to problems and achieve success. This year, we’re asking our contestants to serve up Creative Combos to show us how unexpected flavors can lead to delicious surprises, and share how thinking unconventionally influenced their experience as an entrepreneur.

At Entrepreneur Works, we are consistently impressed with our clients who think creatively to overcome obstacles and improve their business. Their unconventional thinking motivates us every day to develop creative ways to serve them through small business lending, training, and relationship-building services.

YOU get to sample the contestants' offerings before voting for our People's Choice and Most Innovative Awards! The event will also feature a cake raffle , an open bar, catered snacks and more.

 

Purchase your tickets today!


 

Want to help us make Taste of Success 2017 our best event yet? Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available! Please contact President & CEO Leslie Benoliel at (215) 545-3100, Ext. 223 or lbenoliel@entre-works.org for more information.

 

Confirmed Sponsors (as of 4/11/17):

$2,500 (Sous Chef) Level

DNB Bank

Aramark

Prudential Bank

$1,000 (Taste of Success Contestant) Level:

Hotaling Investment Management LLC

TechGuides

Urban Partners

Citrin Cooperman

Fox Rothschild

PIDC Philadelphia

Bank of America

$500 (Connoiseur) Level:

Ruotolo, Spewak & Co.

Someplace Special

Main Stret Abstract Company

Republic Bank

Momjian Anderer LLC

$250 (Taste Tester) Level:

Clutch

D.A.R. Industrial

LCG Ltd.

Teamsters Local #107

Mattioni Ltd.

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP

David M. Twer & Associates

In-Kind Sponsors:

St. Benjamin Brewing Company

Media Sponsors:

CBS

May
2nd

Start It. Grow It. Philadelphia

Entrepreneur Works Event featured

Start It. Grow It. is a  10-week course designed to teach the fundamentals of planning, running, and growing a successful business.

The course will cover:

Easy Process to Start Your Business (What to do, when to do it, and how)
Create a business plan anyone can do
Develop financial projections that tell how much money you need to start or grow your business
Develop a winning marketing strategy
Will help you avoid costly mistakes

You will learn:

How to make money in your business
How to get lenders, investors, customers to understand your business
How to identify your competition and compete
How to research your industry/market
How to price your product/service
How to strategize for funding
How to set goals and how to achieve them

Class orientation:      May 2nd, 2017

Class begins:               Thursday, May 4th, 2017 from 6:00-9:00pm (Date subject to change)

Class meets:                6:00-9:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Location:                     111 S. Independence Mall East, The Bourse Building, Suite 870, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Price:                           $99

Register!

(If you prefer not to pay online, you may also mail a check or money order for $99 made out to "Entrepreneur Works Fund" to the following address: Entrepreneur Works, 111 S. Independence Mall East, The Bourse Building, Suite 528, Philadelphia, PA 19106.)

Class orientation is mandatory for all participating students. 

For additional information, contact Angelica Jackson at (215) 545-3100 or ajackson@entre-works.org.

May
15th

Technology Solutions Plus Program

Entrepreneur Works Event

Entrepreneur Works is now accepting applications for its next round of the Technology Solutions Plus program for entrepreneurs!  The program is designed to assist entrepreneurs in developing a technology plan that will assist them in accomplishing their business goals and objectives.  The program offers the following benefits;


  • Up to $750 Technology Grant to purchase technology solutions for your business (i.e. smartphone, tablet, apps, software etc.)

  • Technology Plan for your business  prepares you to compete in today’s economy

  •  One-on-One Sessions w/Technology Consultant  provides you expertise to advise you on selecting and implementing the right solutions for your business


Program format

Workshop 1 – Goal Setting (TBD)

Workshop 2 – Tech Solutions (TBD)

One-on-One Consulting

Technology Grant

Requirements

  • All candidates must complete the Tech Solutions Plus application to be eligible for consideration.  Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm April 26, 2017.

  • Program participants must attend both workshops in their entirety in order to be eligible to receive one-on-one consulting and the technology grant

  • All technology purchased with the Tech Solutions Plus grant must be approved Entrepreneur Works staff.

  • Participants must complete the entire program (workshops and consulting hours) within 90 days of the start of the program.